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YIN PROPS

During a yin yoga practice you use different tools to support the body and create more space in the body and mind. Read here tools used during class:

blankets

blocks

yogabelts

blocks

yogabolsters (cushions)


CONQUER FEAR | BUTTERFLY POSE

Hip opener

The butterfly pose is a hip opener.
It keeps the hips flexible and creates space in the hips.

Fear

This yin pose is effective for people who cope with feelings of fear and light depression.

Bloodcirculation

It stimulates the bladder, kidneys and sexual organs. It also improves de bloodcirculation and the condition of the heart when you practice it daily.

Menstrual cramps

Women who experience monthly belly cramps will benefit from this pose because it reduce menstrual cramps. If you are tired or stressed because you are overworked it will boost your energy level and you will feel energized and vital.

Level: all levels

Pose: butterfly pose                  

Stimulates meridian: 
Liver, Galbladder & Kidneys

Time: 3 minutes


REDUCE STRESS| HAPPY BABY POSE

It’s a easy pose to release stress. This pose is often the last pose after practice. It’s for recovery of tension in your body.

Less back pain

It reliefs tension in the lower back and reduce lower back pain. This pose stimulates calmness of the nerves. When you are restless or stressed this pose has a calming effect.

Contra-indication

*This pose is not for people with neck complaints or who have spine pain.

Level: all levels

Pose: Happy Baby Pose

Time: 3 or 5 minutes


FIND CALMNESS| THREAD THE NEEDLE POSE


Fall is a season to withdraw, let go, innerwork and to regain new energy. The lung and intestine meridian are associated with Fall.

Lung & intestine meridian

The lung and colon meridian are linked to the element metal according to Chinese traditional medicine.

Thread the needle pose

The colon and lungs stand for letting go and regain new energy. A yin pose you can practice for the colon and lung meridians is the thread the needle pose. It stretches the shoulders, arms and legs.

Heart and shoulder   
The lungs and colon meridian are connected with the heart and shoulder area.

Benefits

The thread the needle pose reduces stress sensitivity. It calms fear complaints. Physical it stretches the inner part of the legs, the shoulders and outside arms. Through the stretch more space in the colon meridian is created.

Levels: all levels

Pose: Thread the needle

Meridian: lungs and colon

Time: 3 minutes


CATERPILLAR POSE Most of the yin poses are sitting or lying poses. The caterpillar is a sitting pose.

Bladder meridian

The Caterpillar pose stimulates the bladder meridian. You can feel a intense stretch at the back of your legs.

Physical benefits

The Caterpillar has an positive effect on the liver, kidneys and spleen. It’s also a massage of the intern organs in particular the digestion.

Positive effect

If you feel exhausted or you need a deep relaxation you can practice this pose. The caterpillar has an positive effect on the parasympathetic nervous system. It provides rest and recovery of the body and mind.

Women who suffer from monthly abdominal cramps take advantage of this pose. The Dangling pose gives a intense stretch at the back of the body and a light stretch of the lower back. Tip: if you experience tight hamstrings do the caterpillar pose for flexible hamstrings.

Level: all levels

Pose: Caterpillar 

Time: 3 minuten

Meridian:  

bladder, spleen, liver, kidney and stomach  

Contra indication (don’t do this exercise): 

high blood pressure
• severe lower back pain



BALANCE YIN & YANG | DAO

Reach balance and peace between ying & yang with Dao. An ancient Chinese philosophy. Do you want to know how to find inner peace follow the three steps below.

CREATE INNER PEACE IN 3 STEPS

STEP 1
MEDITATE 3 MINUTES 

Place your handpalms against each other (prayerpose) near your sternum in the area of your heart.

Slowly close your eyes and turn inwards and be still.

STEP 2
BREATHE IN AND OUT FOR 2 MINUTES

Follow the rhythm of your breathing.

Inhale in four counts…

Hold your breath four counts..

Exhale four counts through your mouth…

STAP 3  
RELAX FOR 1 MINUTE

Contract 3 times for 1 minute all the muscles in your body, let go and relax.